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Deadlock between PPP, PML-N over 18th amendment ends

Deadlock between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) has been sorted out after a high-level contact between both the Parties.

According to a local news agency, PML-N has assured Political Parties including PPP that it would cast vote in favour 18th amendment’s draft, which was prepared by Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PCCR).

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani after detail meeting with his advisor and Chairman PCCR Mian Raza Rabbani and Party central leader Syed Khursheed Shah met Chief JUI-F Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman.

During the meeting, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman assured his complete support to Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to get approval of draft of 18th amendment from the Parliament.

Later, on the directives of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chairman PCCR Raza Rabbani and Federal Minister Syed Khursheed Shah met PML-N leaders including Ishaq Dar and Khawaja Saad Rafique.

During the meeting, Khawaja Saad Rafique told PPP big guns that his Party also wants approval of draft of 18th amendment from the Parliament. “We had some differences which we have expressed but our point of view is being taken in wrong sense”, he said.

Differences with regard to appointment of judges as well as new nomenclature for the NWFP would be resolved in upcoming days, he said. Khawaja Saeed Rafique went on to say that his Party would not create any hurdle in approval of draft of 18th amendment from the Parliament. We would also cast vote in favour of draft of 18th amendment, he said.

Central leader PPP Syed Khursheed Shah also met Khawaja Asif and Javed Hashmi and discussed current situation especially deadlock over draft of 18th amendment. Speaking at the occasion, Syed Khursheed Shah assured PML-N leaders that his Government would take PML-N into confidence over every decision on national interest. We are facing crucial time and democratic forces would have to win, he said. If we fail then nation and history would not forgive us, he said.

The Premier also contacted senior leadership of PML-N and requested them to support Government in getting approval of draft of 18th amendment from the Parliament, sources said. The senior leadership of PML-N assured the Premier that their Party would not create hurdle in getting approval of 18th amendment from the Parliament.

Sources said that the Premier has also decided to continue both session of house and draft of 18th amendment would be tabled before the National Assembly and Senate soon.



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One comment on “Deadlock between PPP, PML-N over 18th amendment ends

  1. It is natural rule that facts can never be concealed. At one stage or the other, truth is unveiled no matter how deep you bury that. The same rule is working for PML-N also and despite several masks of piety PML-N failed to conceal its real face. The true face of PML-N was first time clearly revealed when whole country was abuzz with the story of Rana Sanullah’s hobnobbing with terrorist banned outfit. The begging of mercy from Taliban and plea to spare Punjab by Mian Nawaz Sharif, proved last nail in the coffin of PML-N. It was sudden death for PML-N that successfully, veiled its real face under the cover of democracy for over 30 years. It went on looting in the name of democracy and so-called politics of principles. In one sense PML-N was right that it is playing politics of principles, set by their God father, General Zia-ul-Haq. In the recent development, the virtual U-turn of PML-N at the eleventh hour when packaged was ready to be tabled is another demonstration of politics of principles, PML-N often claims to play. It is worth mentioning that some key members of his own party went on record in admitting that everything was settled and there was no hurdle in placing the package for approval. The only lame excuse given by Mian Sahib was that a consensus be made before presenting this package in the parliament. Could Mian Sahib answer what sort of consensus he wants?. I think he might have reached on consensus if he had passed some time in Pakistan and learnt some thing from true democratic leaders. However it is not his fault, a party rooted out from dictatorship, could never be democratic no matter how long it uses the shade of democracy. However, what happened in the last few days would certainly help people to categorize between relics of dictator, right wing of extremists and a genuine Democratic Party.

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